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Best Pizza In San Francisco

June 14, 2011 9:11 AM

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Pizza from Pizzeria Delfina. (credit: Joanne Boston)

Pizza from Pizzeria Delfina. (credit: Joanne Boston)

Thin crust. Deep dish. Outrageous toppings. Doesn’t matter, everyone loves pizza. Pies in San Francisco are creative. Most places rely on local farms and purveyors for their toppings resulting in tasty and unique combinations. Let’s take a look at some of the City’s prime spots for premium pizza pies.
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Pizza from Flour And Water (credit:

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000

Food so good there wasn’t room for even Steve Jobs to have a seat. Perfectly blistered crust from their Italian 900 degree Valoriani oven is a perfect platform for their choice toppings such as mozzerrella de bufala, eggplant, and even heirloom tomatoes. Who said pizza can’t be classy? Good enough for a million-dollar man, most definitely.

gialina Best Pizza In San Francisco

Gialina (credit:

2842 Diamond St.
San Francisco, CA 94131
(415) 239-8500

The “Atomica” Neapolitan-style pizza covered with tomato sauce, mushrooms, mozzarella, red onions and chilies will keep you coming back for more. To ease the heat from the spice on the pizza, order the chocolate hazelnut dessert pizza topped with cool mascarpone cheese. Since no reservations are accepted, come early – it is still well worth the wait.

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Pizza from Little Star (credit: Joanne Boston)

Little Star
400 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 551-7827

Big appetite? Little Star’s Chicago-style deep dish pizzas are a cure for your hunger. Go for the “Brass Monkey” which is a secret menu item – spinach, ricotta and feta cheeses, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and sausage layered on a buttery crust. Best believe you‘ll be reaching for more than one slice. Add a side of their awesome chicken wings and you’re set.

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Pauline’s Pizza (credit:

Pauline’s Pizza
260 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-2050

A friendly neighborhood joint that welcomes people of all walks of life from kids to hipsters to health-conscious folks. If you want a true “California” pizza, this is the place to go. Dive into their signature pesto pizza with verdant basil, garlic, and pine nuts.

pizzeria delfina Best Pizza In San Francisco

Pizzeria Delfina (credit: Joanne Boston)

Pizzeria Delfina
2406 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 440-11893611
18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 437-6800

The “Salsiccia” with homemade fennel sausage is what got many San Franciscan’s loving thin-crust pizza. A more casual joint compared to its sister Delfina Restaurant next door, Pizzeria Delfina is the perfect spot to people watch, drink a glass of wine, and mange on their delicious pies, of course. Both locations, one in the Mission and one in Pacific Heights, are neighborhood gems.

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Tommaso’s (credit:

1042 Kearny Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 398-9696

This is the epitome of old school North Beach flavor since it is the home of San Francisco’s oldest wood-fired pizza oven. The oven gives each pizza pie a crispy crust and smoky tone. Try all of their pizzas, they are all delicious! Okay, if we had to choose, go for the Italian pepperoni – classic with that addicting spice.

Joanne Boston is a food blogger from San Francisco who is always on the lookout for great food. She loves hosting twEAT-ups with fellow foodies and enjoys learning about the restaurant scene in any city she visits. Catch her on her blog and on Twitter @joanneisafoodie.

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  • lucas

    You guys obviously didn’t do much research because you know that.. Patxi’s pizza in hayes valley and marina is the best Deep Dish in town. Little star has nothing on it.

    • K

      Tried Hayes Valley, both the deep dish and the 2x deep dish. The pizza was very disappointment and the restaurant was in desperate need of an upgrade.

  • William

    Very rich!! pizza all

  • Al Swearengen

    International Award winning “Tony’s” is not on the list – unbelievable!

    • Cy Tulliver

      Hey c#$%$sucker, Tony’s may be a tourists dream but it’s a locals nightmare

      • Al Swearengen

        Why is Tony’s a locals nightmare? Just curious, i know it is often too crowded.

    • K

      Tony’s in Castro Valley? U must be joking! The place was a dump and it was overhyped by the media, Melo’s in Brentwood, Concord or Livermore offers a much crisper crust, try their combo or NY er

  • Sache

    North Beach Pizzeria is the best. Made by Itallians!

    • K

      U must never have been to Italy and had a pizza

  • squealy

    Georgio’s at 3rd and Clement – delish!

    • Denise Serres-Gotthardt

      LOVE GIORGIOS!!!!!

  • Bill G

    Get outa Town – Take the 71 MUNI to The Pizza Place,3901 Noriega St. across from 46th. Open Noon -10:30 . Casual, Open , Live music good conversation, and a walk on the beach to top it off.

  • Joey B

    Una pizza Napoletana is probably the best pizzeria in California and the owner came here from NY where his pizza was rated 3rd best behind Di Fara and Jons on Bleaker. Tony’s margherita was voted best pizza at the anual pizza in Naples, so I think he has good some credibility. A-16 should probably be mentioned. Honestly, the validity of this article is under question as all these pizzerias are listed in the book “American Pie”. by Peter Reinhart. If the writer did a little homework instead of plagerize Reinhart he would have mentioned Una Pizza Napoletana and Tony’s.

  • NRA Life Member

    Jeez! I wonder who took these pizza pictures? Not very appetizing. They remind me of the plastic vomit I had way back in the fourth grade. Should get a better photographer.

    • Luis

      You can probably blame Steve Jobs for those pictures. Eeesh.

  • Jeff Stone

    Little Star’s looks pretty slammin’

  • Art

    What? No Goat Hill Pizza on Potrero Hill at 18th and Connecticut?

  • Pizzalover

    I can not believe that Tony’s pizza is not there. I go there at least once a month and have not been disappointed. I seriously can not trust this article.

    • K

      If u mean the one in Castro Valley by the patelco cu, u must love greasy dumps.

  • Pizza Connoisseur

    Try Golden Boys Pizza…amazing!!!

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